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Indonesian Oxtongue Semur Recipe (Semur Lidah)

Indonesian Stewed OxtongueAlthough nutmeg is native to Indonesia, it is not often used in cooking, except in beef, oxtail, or oxtongue soups or stews such as this semur lidah. Added by potato cubes into semur lidah, you can tell this dish was influenced by the Dutch.

Seeing a pack of fresh veal tongue at a halal store on Maryland street, made me happy. I finally could make semur lidah. This store supplies fresh meat (goat, lamb, beef, veal) every Thursday, I’m not too sure when the halal fresh chicken is coming to the store, but the store does have the frozen ones.

In the recipe, I supposed to use oxtongue, but I was curious how the veal tongue tasted. I browsed semur lidah recipe on internet and I chose to adapt Astri’s recipe of Keluarga Nugraha. The semur lidah turned really great, the same tasted as what I recalled when I was in my family’s house. Thanks, Astri! I just had to adjust a small numbers of some ingredients. Few recipes call for cinnamon, but I didn’t add any as I prefer had a combination cloves and nutmeg fragrant.

To eliminate my guilty feeling, I had this semur lidah with steamed brown rice, not white rice 😀

Semur Lidah
Recipe by Astri Nugraha, Adapted and translated by me

Ingredients:
2 L (8 cups) water
600 g (1 ¼ lb) ox tongue (I used veal tongue), washed well
3 ea Indonesian bay leaves (salam leaves)
3 tbsp butter/margarine
1 tbsp olive oil
6 shallots, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 whole nutmeg, cracked or 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
7 ea cloves
5 cherry tomatoes (tomat sambal), halved
500 mL (2 cup) homemade beef stock
1/4 cup Indonesian sweet soy sauce (I use kecap manis sedang/medium sweet)
1 mushroom soy sauce
2 medium size potatoes , peeled and 2 cm cubed
1 large carrot, peeled and cut as desired
ground white pepper to taste
fried shallots and other green stuff to garnish

Methods:
1. In a heavy stockpot, bring to a boil water, veal tongue and salam leaves, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 1.5 -2 hours or until tongue is cooked and very tender. Ox-tongue will take a longer time to cook. If you use a pressure cooker, this process will be faster, around 20 minutes.
2. Plunge veal tongue into ice water and cool for 5 minutes. Peel skin off with a sharp knife. Slice veal tongue into 1 cm thick.
3. In a skillet/wok, combine butter and oilive oil, stir fry shallot, garlic, cloves, and nutmeg for 1 minute at medium-high temperature.
4. Add veal tongue slices, stir for 30 second.
5. Add beef stock/water, kecap manis, and mushroom soy sauce, stir.
6. Bring to boil, add potato and tomatoes reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Add carrot and season with ground white pepper as desired; continue to simmer until all is cooked.
8. Garnish with fried shallots or green onion.

Note: if you like salty taste, add salt as desired. In this case, I didn’t add any, since mushroom soy sauce was pretty thick

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38 thoughts on “Indonesian Oxtongue Semur Recipe (Semur Lidah)”

  1. Oh…. yummy… looks so delicious! But seriously, I'm a little bit affraid of eating tongue in big size… prefer it's cut in small dice or like sate padang 😀

  2. @ Pigpigscorner: welcome to my world! :). Me, my husband and Rita are also a big fan of kecap manis@ Rita: mreneee@ Selba: I may make sate padang soon. Want some?

  3. Oh…. yummy… looks so delicious! But seriously, I’m a little bit affraid of eating tongue in big size… prefer it’s cut in small dice or like sate padang 😀

  4. @ Pigpigscorner: welcome to my world! :). Me, my husband and Rita are also a big fan of kecap manis

    @ Rita: mreneee

    @ Selba: I may make sate padang soon. Want some?

  5. Pepy, i can eat ox tongue but for the life of me, i dont know how to clean or cut them. Do you think you can show step-by-step pic the next time you clean them? Thanks Pepy!

  6. Pepy, i can eat ox tongue but for the life of me, i dont know how to clean or cut them. Do you think you can show step-by-step pic the next time you clean them? Thanks Pepy!

  7. Little Corner of Min

    Are those big pieces Ox tongue? It looks like beef a lot. Can you tell I never have ox tongue before? 😛

  8. Little Corner of Mine

    Are those big pieces Ox tongue? It looks like beef a lot. Can you tell I never have ox tongue before? 😛

  9. You know I can't get around the idea of eating the tongue. I perhaps will have to wait until you cook it for me 🙂

  10. wow! at a glance ur blog looks irresistable!! i wonder how you mnage to make such beautiful indonesian foods, living in winnipeg. i'm also indonesian living in canada (toronto) to be exact) ^^i'll keep browsing on ur blog!

  11. wow! at a glance ur blog looks irresistable!! i wonder how you mnage to make such beautiful indonesian foods, living in winnipeg. i’m also indonesian living in canada (toronto) to be exact) ^^
    i’ll keep browsing on ur blog!

  12. The Nomadic Gourmet

    Asalaamu alaikum , Looks very delicious! and the ingredients seem very interesting. I've never had tongue before(those are the kinds of ingredients we use in the Caribbean), usually my parents eat those kinds of animal parts (tongue, eye, brain, etc). As a kid I was too grossed out to try it, but yours looks soo good, I think I'll make an exception. Lovely photo 🙂

  13. The Nomadic Gourmet

    Asalaamu alaikum , Looks very delicious! and the ingredients seem very interesting. I’ve never had tongue before(those are the kinds of ingredients we use in the Caribbean), usually my parents eat those kinds of animal parts (tongue, eye, brain, etc). As a kid I was too grossed out to try it, but yours looks soo good, I think I’ll make an exception. Lovely photo 🙂

  14. hi pepy..m not used to this..but my hbby used to bring us to this one restaurant that served lidah goreng,,very crispy…bisa makan x?

  15. hi pepy..m not used to this..but my hbby used to bring us to this one restaurant that served lidah goreng,,very crispy…bisa makan x?

  16. Hi ! just to let you know that I made you vegetable broth and posted it on my blog wth credit to you of course. hope you don't mind. btw..it was great!

  17. Hi ! just to let you know that I made you vegetable broth and posted it on my blog wth credit to you of course. hope you don’t mind. btw..it was great!

  18. Hi Pepy, sorry for nt stating ur name on my blog. I wasnt sure as I saw only Budi's name and ther was no profile. 🙂 will get it in now. btw I love ur blog..real indonesian treats here…my grandparents are minang so like most malaysian malays were all originate from Indonesia anyway!love ur recipes…will be trying more !

  19. Hi Pepy, sorry for nt stating ur name on my blog. I wasnt sure as I saw only Budi’s name and ther was no profile. 🙂 will get it in now. btw I love ur blog..real indonesian treats here…my grandparents are minang so like most malaysian malays were all originate from Indonesia anyway!love ur recipes…will be trying more !

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